20/20 Vision

Communicate a plan for 2020 instead of a resolution

By Pastor David Bowen, Standing Stones Community Church Standing Stones Christian Academy

According to the American Optometric Association, if you have 20/20 vision this means you are able to read the entire eye chart from 20 feet away. If you have 20/60 vision this means you see at 20 feet what a person with normal vision can see at 60 feet.

The eye chart used by most doctors is the Snellen eye chart. You know, the one with the giant E on the top line. It was created by Dutch eye doctor Hermann Snellen in the 1860s. As we head into the year 2020, what would perfect vision for this coming year look like?

20/20 vision in 2020 would include seeing situations, opportunities, challenges and relationships as clearly as possible. To do this one must define what they want, meaning, what is your purpose, what values do you live by and where do you want to be a year from now? Establishing New Year’s resolutions is a habit we all try to avoid because we know before the first page of the calendar is turned most of us have dumped those resolutions and moved on. Defining a purpose, setting some goals, having a destination in mind and establishing some boundaries is nothing like making resolutions.

20/20 vision is vision that can be communicated. Can you explain how you hope 2020 will go? Can you communicate your vision statement in a single sentence? Communicating your plan is essential because receiving feedback is essential. On the doctor’s eye chart, the first three lines are usually pretty easy to read and then as you move down the chart the average person will find themselves having to focus more, maybe even having to squint a little to see the smaller lines. Life is the same way.

As we move from month to month, like moving line by line on the eye chart, we may need to slow down. You may need to stop to evaluate. You may need to focus and ask the tough questions, is this what I was hoping for? Is this what I was aiming for? Having someone who can give you honest helpful feedback will be like the eye doctor adjusting the lenses so you can see more clearly. What is clearer, choice No. 1 or choice No. 2? There will be days when you won’t desire feedback; those might be the days you’ll need it most.

As you continue on this 20/20 journey in 2020, like the last few lines on the eye chart, the bottom lines will be the ones that will take the most effort. This will be the action steps needed in order to have 20/20 vision. It will be being open to offering forgiveness even to those who you have felt do not deserve it. Forgiving the unforgivable may seem like a counterproductive step. However, without offering to forgive, you may hinder your own vision.

Loving the unlovable, the ones who refuse to take responsibility for their own offenses. The ones who never apologize, the ones who expect more while offering nothing in return. Like the smallest letters on an eye chart, if you successfully complete these last few steps, they will reap the greatest rewards.

There’s a reason each of us should get our eyes checked every year. Here’s hoping your 2020 has clear, 20/20 vision.  

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